Advice to 30 Somethings from a Forty Something

After the past seven years, I am feeling pretty schooled in the ways of the world. In addition, this past COVID year and recent changes in my life have caused me to feel as if I have advice to give. You may be thinking what my qualifications are for giving you advice. Here is my…

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Question of the Day: “What’s with all the crazy?”

The word “crazy” gets thrown around our house a lot more than I’d like. Having grown up with a schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was institutionalized for “further observation”, the word crazy carries a sensitive connotation for me. The word itself is defined as being mentally deranged, manifested in an aggressive way, so it…

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Balance: My Word of the Day

Balance is a noun. It is the idea of staying upright and straight when it seems as if everything around you is anything but. It is the state of maintaining equilibrium, an equal amount of this and that. But maintaining balance when things around me are out of place and skewed seems impossible. I know…

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Question of the Day: “Is strong the new pretty?”

With everything going on in the news about women being attacked, women voicing their feelings of being unsafe, and even additional discussion of male harassment and violence against women, I feel like this is an interesting time for women in general. I must say, as a woman, I am surprised at the level of shock…

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Spring Renewal, My Birthday, and Forgiveness

Well, the day is starting off strong. First, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, renewing First Day of Spring. Practically, the First Day of Spring marks the day that the hours of light and dark are equal and balanced. Spiritually, it is a seasonal time of personal growth and rebirth. After the cold,…

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Moving & Literary Throwbacks: “A Prayer for St. Paddy’s Day”

Yes, the next book in line is a prayer book. Personally, I love good prayer. When I was little, I memorized all of the Catholic prayers they recited at church. I still go through them when I am struggling. But I have also moved on to other prayer creators. One of my favorites is Tosha…

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Question of the Day: “What is the Butterfly Effect and why should I care?”

In Ray Bradbury’s 1952 classic short story, A Sound of Thunder, his main character travels through time to kill a dinosaur. He is cautioned. He is warned to stay on the Path. He is told that everything has been carefully laid out for his trip to kill a T-Rex millions of years before the dawn…

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Question of the Day: “Why does teaching feel like drowning?”

Everyday feels the same with the constant potential to be vastly different. Hybrid, virtual, sudden lockdown, sudden dismissal due to bomb threat or fast moving snow storm. COVID sick, COVID cancelled…yes, the one in my fourth desk, third row, no, I’m not sure if it was more than 15 minutes. He couldn’t find the screen…

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Question of the Day: “What did I learn from the Greasers & the Socs?”

The Outsiders was written by SE Hinton during the tumultuous times of the 1960s. The backdrop is a small southern town, much like the one SE Hinton grew up in, and two rival teen gangs fight for dominance. The two gangs are separated by economics. The Greasers are economically disadvantaged and the Socs are financially…

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Question of the Day: “How do I instill good learning behaviors?”

Education has been so complicated. As a teacher, I struggle every day to address my students’ multiple needs. As a parent, I struggle to help my sons keep their heads above water. If you are a parent whose children are able to complete tasks independently and need no additional assistance from an adult to complete…

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